How focused are you when you’re at the gym? Are you laser focused on short or long-term goals? Or do you find yourself thinking about what you are going to do later that night, or maybe what you’ll eat when you’re done.
Being able to focus on your workout can maximize your training and your progress. From the overall goals of a workout session, to each individual rep of each set.
It’s not unusual for someone to lose a little focus over time. Here are some of the common reasons why people start to lose focus, and see their gains plateau as a result:
-- Lack of motivation due to gains slowing down.
-- Becoming bored of doing the same training in the same gym.
-- You don’t have any current goals to work towards.
-- Training is no longer one of your main priorities.
If you find yourself in any of these situations, you need to recapture that focus you once had. You need to reignite that fire that used to push you to bench a new personal best, or squeeze out an extra rep. Because that is when you’re making quality gains. You can do this by practicing mindfulness.
What is Mindfulness?
Do you ever have that feeling that you have just been on autopilot? This is commonly experienced when you drive the same way to work each day, or you do repetitive tasks for your day job. You have moments when you suddenly realize you were not paying attention for the past few minutes.
Well mindfulness is being aware of what you are doing at the present moment. It’s being consciously aware of everything that is going on around you, and not going into ‘autopilot’ mode. With mindful thinking comes improved concentration, and with improved concentration comes better, longer, and more rewarding training.
How Mindfulness Can Help Your Training